I am currently in the process of re-ripping my CD collection, at a slightly higher sample rate, as I have just acquired a 160 GB iPod classic. It replaces my 120 GB Zune which has been well used over the 5 years I have owned it and is still going strong despite it now only holding a charge for 3-4 hours. If they still made the Zune, I would have definitely bought another as this one has been trouble free. It did cross my mind to get the battery replaced but I had a ominous feeling that the moment I replaced the battery something else would fail. So, I am going to use the trusty Zune as a music player, for the house, as it originally came as part of a package with a powered docking station.
Anyway, back to the new iPod.
One of the great joys of doing any reorganisation of music files or media is that the process stimulates you to re-listen to some old albums that maybe you had not listened to in a while. In this case it was, The Cure’s 1985 album “The Head On The Door”, that caught my attention while in the process of re-ripping the ‘C’s in my collection . I actually saw them on the tour for this album when they passed though Brighton (UK) in that same year.
Listening to this album both to and from work, on the transit, I started to think about what I was doing in 1985. I specifically remember going to a lot of gigs in Brighton that year. Also, that it was also a particularly good year for album releases generally. Bands like, Killing Joke, New Order, Sisters Of Mercy, The Cult, The Damned, The Alarm, just for starters.
However, as this is a blog that is primarily focused on new music, I figured I better find a new music ‘angle’ in all of this nostalgia.
So, that got me thinking…..
I wondered, in 2014, who might I consider to be representative of a band like the Cure? If I take a look at there Wikipedia entry for The Head On The Door album it notes the Genre(s) as being: Alternative Rock, New Wave, Gothic Rock. So, I wonder, are there any recent album releases that would fall into all of these genres?
Next stop, Allmusic.com, to see if I can use their, “Related Artists”, feature to locate later bands which fall into a similar area. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-cure-mn0000137390/related
I wonder if there is anyone of interest in the “Followed By” area of the page? Mmm, I notice that Interpol are mentioned, but they aren’t that recent. So, I drill down through Interpol to find that the Editors are listed in the “Related Artists” area for Interpol. I have heard of the band, but not listened to anything by them. Next, I take a look at the most recent album by the Editors. The most recent is The Weight Of Your Love from 2013. Not this year, but close enough for me to want to take a listen. So I fire up Spotify (the perks of still having a UK account in Canada) and give the album a listen.
Wow, this sounds really good. Obviously, the Baritone voice makes it sound quite different from someone like Robert Smith of the aforementioned Cure. However, initially it does remind me a lot of the male vocals in Dead Can Dance and then something interesting happens and ‘vocal register’ changes four tracks in. Actually, the more I listen to the earlier tracks the more I get thinking about the Mission (I did see them in 86 and again at the turn of the centaury).
I will definitely have to listen and read a bit more with regards to the Editors. Just another one of those bands I never got around to listening to and already regretting that.
So, new music mission accomplished. Well, in my little world anyway.
So, with over 3.5 years between this new post and my previous post from December 2010, I figured I should mark a return to blogging about music discovery with a Top 25 list.
- Hanatarash – “Hanatarash 3” (RRR – 1989)
- Brighter Death Now – “Innerwar” (Cold Meat Industry – 1996)
- Francisco López – “Absolute Noise Ensemble” (Blossoming Noise – 2006)
- Harry Pussy – “Harry Pussy” (Siltbreeze – 1993)
- The Nihilist Spasm Band – “No Record” (Allied Record Corporation – 1968)
- Kevin Drumm – “Sheer Hellish Miasma” (Mego – 2002)
- SPK – “Information Overload Unit” (Side Effects – 1981)
- Merzbow – “1930” (Tzadik – 1998)
- Borbetomagus – “Barbed Wire Maggots” (Agaric – 1983)
- Amm – “Ammmusic” (Elektra – 1967)
So, here it is, the Rock Sound, Top 75 Albums Of 2010. Enjoy!
- Bring Me the Horizon ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret’ (Visible Noise)
- Deftones ‘Diamond Eyes’ (Warners)
- The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘Option Paralysis’ (Party Smasher / Season of Mist)
- Against Me! ‘White Crosses’ (Warners)
- My Chemical Romance ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ (Warners)
- Comeback Kid ‘Symptoms + Cures’ (Victory)
- The Gaslight Anthem ‘American Slang’ (SideOneDummy)
- Devil Sold His Soul ‘Blessed & Cursed’ (Century Media)
- The Xcerts ‘Scatterbrain’ (Xtra Mile)
- Kylesa ‘Spiral Shadow’ (Season Of Mist)
- Far ‘At Night We Live’ (Xtra Mile)
- You Me At Six ‘Hold Me Down’ (Virgin)
- Young Guns ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ (PIAS)
- A Day to Remember ‘What Separates Me From You’ (Victory)
- Pianos Become the Teeth ‘Old Pride’ (Topshelf)
- Kvelertak ‘Kvelertak’ (Indie Recordings)
- The Unwinding Hours ‘The Unwinding Hours’ (Chemikal Underground)
- High on Fire ‘Snakes For The Divine’ (E1)
- Off With Their Heads ‘In Desolation’ (Epitaph)
- Oceansize ‘Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up’ (Superball)
- The National ‘High Violet’ (4AD)
- Torche ‘Songs For Singles’ (Hydra Head)
- The Chariot ‘Long Live’ (Good Fight)
- Norma Jean ‘Meridional’ (Razor & Tie)
- Kids In Glass Houses ‘Dirt’ (Roadrunner)
- Rolo Tomassi ‘Cosmology’ (Hassle)
- Stone Sour ‘Audio Secrecy’ (Roadrunner)
- Bullet for My Valentine ‘Fever’ (Sony)
- Cancer Bats ‘Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones’ (Hassle)
- Rinoa ‘An Age Among Them’ (Eyesofsound)
- Four Year Strong ‘Enemy Of The World’ (Universal / Decaydance)
- Touché Amoré ‘…To The Beat Of A Dead Horse’ (6131)
- Lostprophets ‘The Betrayed’ (Visible Noise)
- Circa Survive ‘Blue Sky Noise’ (Atlantic)
- Weezer ‘Hurley’ (Epitaph)
- Crime in Stereo ‘I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone’ (Bridge Nine)
- Foals ‘Total Life Forever’ (Transgressive)
- 65daysofstatic ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’ (Hassle)
- Jimmy Eat World ‘Invented’ (Interscope)
- The Swellers ‘Ups And Downsizing’ (Fueled By Ramen)
- LaFaro ‘LaFaro’ (Smalltown America)
- Parkway Drive ‘Deep Blue’ (Epitaph)
- Lower Than Atlantis ‘Far Q’ (A Wolf At Your Door)
- Coheed and Cambria ‘Year Of The Black Rainbow’ (Roadrunner)
- Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Pulled Apart By Horses’ (Transgressive)
- Crippled Black Phoenix ‘I, Vigilante’ (Invada)
- Open Hand ‘Honey’ (Anodyne)
- Trash Talk ‘Eyes & Nines’ (Hassle)
- Dinosaur Pile-Up ‘Growing Pains’ (Friends Vs Records)
- Daughters ‘Daughters’ (Hydra Head)
- Smoke Or Fire ‘The Speakeasy’ (Fat Wreck Chords)
- Envy ‘Recitation’ (Rock Action)
- Les Savy Fav ‘Root For Ruin’ (wichita)
- 36 Crazyfists ‘Collisions And Castaways’ (Roadrunner)
- The Damned Things ‘Ironiclast’ (Mercury)
- The Ocean ‘Heliocentric’ (Metal Blade)
- Pendulum ‘Immersion’ (Warners)
- Chickenhawk ‘Modern Bodies’ (Brew)
- Astrohenge ‘Astrohenge’ (Eyesofsound)
- Your Demise ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ (Visible Noise)
- Blood Command ‘Ghostclocks’ (Fysisk Format)
- Chiodos ‘Illuminaudio’ (Equal Vision)
- Sleigh Bells ‘Treats’ (Mom + Pop)
- Alkaline Trio ‘This Addiction’ (Heart & Skull / Hassle)
- Twilight ‘Monument To Time End’ (Southern Lord)
- The Flatliners ‘Cavalcade’ (Fat Wreck Chords)
- Grown Ups ‘More Songs’ (Big Scary Monsters)
- Melissa Auf der Maur ‘Out Of Our Minds’ (Roadrunner)
- The Ascent Of Everest ‘From This Vantage’ (Shelsmusic)
- The Wonder Years ‘The Upsides’ (Hopeless / No Sleep)
- Coliseum ‘House With A Curse’ (Temporary Residence)
- Bison B.C. ‘Dark Ages’ (Metal Blade)
- Minus The Bear ‘Omni’ (Dangerbird)
- Black Breath ‘Heavy Breathing’ (Southern Lord)
- The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza ‘Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events’ (Metal Blade)
Another magazine whose subscription I have let run out is Terrorizer. My intention is to now buy just the specials and the issues containing the Writers/Readers polls, as the international subscription to Canada is a bit pricey and with so many of the extreme magazines now seeming to run the same bands and features every month, it makes more sense just to pick up a monthly copy of Decibel.
So, here is the Album Of The Month* and a list of albums that got 9 or above in Terrorizer’s August 2010 Issue (199):
- Winterfylleth – The Mercian Sphere [Candlelight]* – http://open.spotify.com/album/5pTIHz2ACqxuOQ9cT3veck
- Ufomammut – Eve [Supernatural Cat] –
- Various Artists – This Comp Kills Fascists Vol 2 [Relapse]
I’ve just been going through this month’s copy of Decibel, my last one through the mail, as my subscription has just run out and I will probably just pick it up from a local newsstand. Here’s a run down of this months new albums that score 9 or more in the review section:
- Decrepit Birth – Polarity [Nuclear Blast]
- Coliseum – House With A Curse [Temporary Residence]
- Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth [Evilive/The End]
- Fistula – Goat [Crucial Blast] – http://open.spotify.com/album/0ajv8XGXN5g3e0mqAPDaUg
- Khoma – A Final Storm [Selective Notes/Razzia] – http://open.spotify.com/album/44ynXO8PH6WvIxwoRMlZX8
- Thou – Summit [Gilead Media]
Sadly only a couple of these have turned up on Spotify, so far. I’ve just been checking out Kohma’s, A Final Storm, which is excellent.
As another issue (137) of Rocksound lands in the mailbox, it’s time to see which of the new albums reviewed in this issue get a score of 9 or above:
- Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise (Atlantic)
- Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed (Century Media) – http://open.spotify.com/album/6c2Y19Ur1miqU4khkFScrI
- Parkway Drive – Deep Blue (Epitaph) – http://open.spotify.com/album/7tIkp4pbeKvrNOYGEQriZP
- Out Of Sight – Where Do We Go From Here (Slam Dunk) – http://open.spotify.com/album/5DHvAn2OJgd3U0WSQEdZN2
Four very different albums by four very different bands. My favourite? Well that’s got to be Blessed & Cured by Devil Sold His Soul. Well, they are from the South East of England, my old stomping ground. Check ‘em out.
I have just been chatting to my parents this morning, over in the UK. It seems they are having the same good weather that we are over here in Nova Scotia.
Hopefully, the good weather will continue in the UK to give a sunny weekend for the upcoming Guilfest at Stoke Park, Guilford. What started out as the, one day, Guildford Festival of Folk and Blues, in 1992 has grown to a much larger event over 3 days (16-18th July). Considered to be a ‘family friendly’ style festival this years 3 headliners are: Orbital, The Human League and Status Quo.
Of particular interest to me would be the Rocksound Rock Cave stage with F***ed Up and We Are The Ocean playing at the top of the bill on Friday night. Check out the other bands on the bill at www.guilfest.co.uk.
Time for a bit of….Bim
Check them out at – http://www.bimmusic.com/
Or, download Head Over Heels for free, here – http://www.bimmusic.com/freedownload
Bim’s debut album, Scatterheart, can be heard on their website, and there are other tracks of theirs on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0TogCtOtsnsTnlJJD0G5Gu